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November 28, 2017

Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Everyone loves Chocolate Crinkle Cookies during the holiday season. Step up your crinkle cookie game by making a seasonal twist on the classic, Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! Full of dark chocolate and peppermint pieces, these crinkle cookies balance their peppermint and chocolate flavors beautifully. When rolled in powdered sugar and baked, these cookies melt in your mouth. Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a new classic!

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Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Have you been following along with all the awesome Sweetest Season cookies? It’s been thrilled to see so many bloggers join in on the fun and support this cause. I hope y’all are enjoying this as much as I am, as well as getting lots of ideas for this season.

Because, well, you know, cookies during the holidays are a must-have. 🙂

We’re still raising money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, so be sure to check out our fundraising page, too.

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With the holidays just around the corner, we’re all feeling the joy, right?

I’d like to think so, but the holidays can be a time of struggle for many.

Our world can be such a dark place. And while I try to find the silver lining, it’s very easy to become downtrodden, especially this time of year when I feel like everyone should be happy.

There’s a lot of hurt out there. And after last November, which was a gut-wrenching month in the wake of the suicides of two young women near and dear to our family, my eyes are wide open to the fact that the holidays are not always easy or happy or carefree.

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So to combat the seasonal blues, I’m doing something different this year.

Instead of internalizing, I’m actively doing what I can to help others. Being kind. Volunteering. Checking in with the people I love. Making donations to worthy causes.

I want to make a difference in someone else’s life and hopefully brighten their day.

That’s one of the reasons why we chose to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for this year’s Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange.

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Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease of children in the United States. 13,500 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. Currently, 40,000 U.S. children are actively battling cancer.

While the National Cancer Institute’s federal budget is $4.6 billion, the 12 major groups of pediatric cancer combined receive less than 4% of the allotted budget.

Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted nearly $15 million to pediatric cancer research in the form of 100 research grants to leading pediatric cancer centers across the country. These 100 grants have stemmed 37 treatments available to kids battling cancer today.

We’d love if you joined us in making a charitable donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this month. Any amount can make a difference. <3

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Now let’s talk about these Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

They’re like the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies I grew up with, something I came to expect every December. This recipe, obviously, is an adaptation of the tried and true favorite, with the addition of PEPPERMINT!

Honestly, dark chocolate and peppermint is one of my favorite pairings in a dessert, and these cookies are beautifully balanced. The peppermint doesn’t overwhelm the chocolate, but it doesn’t get lost, either.

And I have a feeling these beauties are going to be requested at my home for a loooooooong time. They were that popular. And they didn’t last long at all.

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If you’re looking for more peppermint-chocolate cookies, be sure to check out my Gluten Free Peppermint Brownie Cookies, No Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies and Peppermint Brownie Drop Cookies.

Intrigued about making a peppermint chocolate cookie this holiday season?

Scroll on down to learn how easy these beauties are to make at home!

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Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Everyone loves Chocolate Crinkle Cookies during the holiday season. Step up your crinkle cookie game by making a seasonal twist on the classic, Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! Full of dark chocolate and peppermint pieces, these crinkle cookies balance their peppermint and chocolate flavors beautifully. When rolled in powdered sugar and baked, these cookies melt in your mouth. Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a new classic!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 45 cookies
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened (1 stick)
  • 1.25 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup 60% dark chocolate , melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup peppermints or candy canes , crushed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Make the Dough

  1. In a large glass bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with a hand mixer (or a stand mixer) until light yellow.

  2. Add the peppermint extract and eggs to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix until blended.

  3. Add the cooled, melted chocolate and stir until mixture is an even light brown.

  4. In another glass bowl, combine the unbleached all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined.

  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing with the hand mixer until well-combined.

  6. Using a ruber spatula, fold the crushed peppermints/candy canes into the batter.

  7. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for AT LEAST an hour. (If the dough sits for a day or more, you might need to let it sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes before baking, as it might be too solid to easily roll.)

Bake the Cookies

  1. Once the cookies have chilled for at least an hour, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, then set aside.

  2. Measure out the powdered sugar in a wide bowl.

  3. Using a cookie scooper and your hands, shape the dough into 1” balls.

  4. Roll in the powdered sugar until covered, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Once all the dough has been rolled, bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the cookies have firmed up and are set.

  6. Cool on a cooling rack, then enjoy with a glass of milk!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from my Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe.

Please note the total time includes an hour of chill time in the refrigerator.

These cookies can be made 1-3 days in advance and stored covered in the refrigerator until time to bake.

Do you like to spread cheer however you can during this season, too?

Could I interest you in one of these cookies?

Be sure to come back throughout the week to see all the cookies made for this year’s Sweetest Season Virtual Cookie Exchange! Please consider making a monetary donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, too, to help us spread joy and hope throughout the month of December.

8 Comments

  1. Malinda

    So sorry for your loss! I have always loved crinkle cookies, they are so pretty!

  2. Leanne | Crumb Top Baking

    These really do sound like a melt in your mouth kind of cookie! Love the addition of peppermint pieces! Pinning for later!!

  3. Danielle Green

    Anything peppermint rates high in my book! These are so cute and pretty! So sorry for the losses of the two women you were close to.

  4. Nicoletta @sugarlovespices

    I am always intrigued by the peppermint flavor combined with the chocolate and these cookies look so delicious and pretty!!

  5. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    My mom always made chocolate crinkle cookies when I was growing up. They were some of my favorites! I love the idea of adding peppermint for the holidays.

  6. Julie

    Confession: I’ve never actually had crinkle cookies before. But I love the gorgeous black and white contrast -they always look so stunning. What a great holiday flavor twist with the peppermint!

  7. Julie Evink

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending lots of healing prayers your way this holiday season.. These cookies look so yummy!!! Chocolate and Peppermint!! What a perfect combination!!!

  8. Melissa Howell

    It’s so awesome that you are working to make a positive difference in the world! I love that you are doing that! And I love these cookies! Chocolate and peppermint is my all-time favorite flavor combo!

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